Sheri Riley, John Maxwell Team Founding Partner

Exponential Living | Life Strategist | Personal Development | Work-Life Integration | Focus | Whole-Life Success | Leadership Development 

Sheri Riley, Executive Coach

Sheri Riley, Executive Coach

Sheri Riley is a founding member of the global John Maxwell Team and serves as an Elite Coach, Empowerment Speaker, Life Strategist, and author of the award-winning book Exponential Living®; How to Stop Spending 100% of Your Life on 10% of Who You Are”. Her 9 Principles of Exponential Living serve as the guide for all around busy individuals to make choices that lead to less stress and better clarity. Sheri empowers clients by utilizing key strategies that lead to increased energy, clarity, joy, health, and most importantly, peace. Her core philosophy is that peace, clarity, and courage empowers us to take on challenges and start living a more productive and fulfilling life. She has worked with Delta Air Lines, Atlanta Hawks, Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Success Conference, The Coca-Cola Company, Prudential, Turner, CNN, the NAACP, and many more.



  • Life Strategist

  • Personal and Professional Development Coach

  • Leadership Development

  • Life plan and career direction

  • Time allocation and execution

  • Work/Life integration

  • Inner peace and increased productivity

  • Keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, corporate trainer


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / University of Louisville

  • Founding Partner of the Global John Maxwell Team

  • University of Louisville Alumni Board of Directors

  • National Arts & Letters Commission for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

  • Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council

  • Georgia Women Business Council

  • GPA Board at Greater Atlanta Christian School

  • Author - Exponential Living - Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are

  • Entrepreneur for over 25 years

Executives come to me when they want to:

  • Stop spending 100% of their time on 10% of who they are

  • Gain clarity in their personal and professional lives

  • They have it all and still feel empty
    Ready to not only reach their goals but live in a constant state of peace and power while doing it

  • Get a good night’s sleep, consistently

  • Gain clarity and direction when they hit one or more of these life challenges: Now What? (I’m exactly where I want to be in my career, but I want to create bandwidth to do more than work); What’s Next? (I’ve reached my goals and it’s time to move on to something else)

  • Is this It? (I’m living my “dream” and I am miserable); How Do I Live? (I’ve reached a planned or unplanned transition)

The way I work is through:

  • Guiding my clients through my 9 principles of EXPONENTIAL LIVING®, which is a proprietary, transformational program, specifically designed for high achievers

  • Simplifying the challenges in my client's lives and developing the plan on “HOW” they move forward

  • Listening intently to what my clients are saying and not saying

  • Serving as an Accountability Partner

  • Providing practical and simple solutions to: determine and/or fine tune vision; clarify what should be focused on to increase productivity; identify when opportunities are distractions; remove the barriers/challenges that minimize implementation and keep them from being present; identify the triggers that hinder forward movement.

What executive clients can expect from working with me/outcomes:

With life moving at warp speed, more distractions, and higher expectations, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed, overworked, and like you are always trying to catch up. Many of us are feeling more and more disconnected from who we are. “Health and Wellness” are not limited to nutrition and exercise. It also includes emotional and mental health. My 9 Principles of EXPONENTIAL LIVING® focuses on personal development and how it fuels our professional growth.

What executive say from working with me

My clients say that I have a powerful ability to hear goals and challenges with empathy, compassion, and smarts. And help clients to rethink assumptions and focus on what's possible, I am uncannily wise, with the ability to get right to the heart of the matter. I am transparent and share my challenges as springboards for learning. This vulnerability makes me relatable and empowers clients to know they "can do it, too." This creates a safe space for them to be transparent and vulnerable, with safety and encouragement. I listen intently, with no judgment. I simplify the complex issues, and this provides clarity. I don't allow my clients to say "I don't know," and this forces them to make decisions. I serve as an accountability partner that empowers them to move forward with confidence. I speak the truth in an empowering way, which guides my clients to be open and accept their truth. I am very skilled in facilitating and inspiring action.

Why I find this work so gratifying:

I know what it’s like to be broke AND I know what it’s like to have everything and in both places feel empty and stuck, with no clear plan or direction for your life. What I now know for sure is whether I have everything or nothing; what I really need is PEACE. Understanding this truth, empowered me to make the most critical decision of my life; to make choices from my place of power and not from my place of brokenness. I am a wife, mother, daughter, entrepreneur, and I’ve been a corporate executive. I was a Sr. Level executive at a high-powered record company, making six figures, unlimited expense account, traveling the world, and I was miserable. Not because I didn’t love my job, I did, but I didn’t have a good life. I didn’t know how to manage stress effectively. I didn’t spend quality time with my family without feeling guilty. I rarely had a good night’s sleep. I was spending 100% of my time on 10% of who I was. I resigned and started my journey of pursuing peace, choosing clarity, and living courageously, which I call Exponential Living®. I have committed my life to help others experience the POWER of Exponential Living and the truth that peace is the New Success®.

Length of typical coaching sessions and overall engagement:

One (1) hour sessions via phone. Engagement is customized to the needs and goals of the client.


  • NAACP Image Award nomination

  • Best Books Awards Self Help Book of the Year

  • African American Literary Award Self Help Book of the Year

  • National Sales Network’s Business Service Award

  • 100 Most Influential Women in Atlanta

  • Atlanta Tribune’s Women of Excellence

  • Finalist for the America Marketing Association’s AMY Awards

  • The Atlanta Business League’s Creative Style Award

  • Top 25 Women in Atlanta by Rolling Out Magazine

  • Female Business Owner of the Year Award from NABFEME

  • Imani Magazine’s Most Admirable Entrepreneur

  • Outstanding State Citizen by the State of Georgia’s Secretary of State

  • Atlanta USA Magazine’s Best Female Executive in the Entertainment Industry Award

  • What Women Want Conference’s Great Girlfriend of the Year Award


  • The Steve Harvey TV Show

  • Huffington Post

  • LinkedIn

  • Essence Magazine

  • Black Enterprise

  • SisterCircle Live

  • The Tom Joyner Morning Show

  • The Willie Moore, Jr Show

  • Get Up With Erica Campbell (radio show)


  • JP Morgan Chase

  • Delta Air Lines

  • Prudential

  • CVS/ Health

  • Coca Cola

  • Turner/CNN

  • PECO /Exelon

  • Verizon

  • Humana

  • Atlanta Hawks

  • Integrating Women Leaders Conference

  • Women’s Leadership Conference

  • Tom Joyner Foundation’s Fantastic Voyage